19 November 2011

KENYA : Basketball play offs enter crucial stage

Defending champions Cooperative Bank are out to defend their title and will be taking no chances when they meet KPA at Mombasa Sports Club from 4 pm on Saturday. The game pits Kenya’s most decorated players, Peter Kiganya leading the bankers while diminutive guard Dan Okwiri will lead the dock’s men. The bankers head to the coast well aware that the dock men are a hard nut to crack at their backyard and their second half of the season is a testimony of that.

Although the bankers’ boast of an experienced trio of Abel Nson, Peter Kiganya and Bobby Halwanga, the dock men will look upon their powerful forward Mitch Ocholla, Okwiri and youngster Fredrick Lugasi in game 1 of the best of three series. Technically, these two teams are undisputedly Kenya’s best with KPA being handled by Coach Anthony Ojukwu while the bankers are under the cautious eyes of Carey ‘T9’ Odhiambo.

Saturday’s clash will be won on pure grounds of who between the two top coaches will be able to Marshall his charges appropriately shelving the thought of ‘bad luck’ that some coaches have always blamed for their losses besides pointing fingers at referees.
East and Central senior clubs Women Champions and defending champions KPA also host Storms in their second game of the women semi-finals having won the first game in Nairobi. Led by Hellen Oketch, the dock women hope to wrap up the unfinished business and stride into the finals.
Former champions Eagle Wings will also be waiting for a baptism of fire when they face USIU Flames led by Hilda Indasi who are fresh from causing an upset to Strathmore Swords in the quarterfinals played a fortnight ago. The two sides will know their fate by the end of this weekend if not next weekend should they tie in game 1 and 2.

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